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Title 222 Calhoun Street (Old Bethel Methodist Church)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed 1797-1798. Old Bethel Methodist Church was organized in 1797 and the church building was completed by 1798. The third oldest church in South Carolina (and the second oldest church structure in Charleston), the building originally stood on the corner of Pitt and Calhoun Streets where the present brick church of Bethel Methodist Church now stands. The simple frame structure was moved to the rear corner of the property in 1852 after Bethel Methodist's brick church was completed. The old church became the meeting place of the African American members of Bethel's congregation. In 1880, the building was rolled across Calhoun Street to its present location where it became known as Old Bethel Methodist. The church is an example of 18th century meeting house architecture, with its plainly finished galleried interior. Designed with a simple rectangular floor plan, originally, its only ornamentation was the classical cornice and front and rear gables. The columned portico was added in 1880 after the church was moved to its present location. With the exception of the high pulpit and sounding board, the church retains much of its 1798 appearance. (Charleston's Religious & Community Buildings, NPS.gov.)

File contains HCF staff research notes (scant); narrative histories; newspaper articles (including 1951, 1966, 1980 DYKYC); Part I certification (National Register) which includes building history and architectural description; architectural drawing of section? (unattributed, undated); photocopy of architectural drawing of front elevation (unattributed, undated).
Subjects Bethel United Methodist Church (Charleston, S.C.)
Church buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
African American churches--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Calhoun Street
Churches/Synagogues/Houses of Worship
Harleston Village
National Register of Historic Places
Relocated buildings
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # CALHOUN.222.01